Should I buy it? - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion Grab a seat and discuss whatever you like about the KLR or other related topics. Within reason.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
Neutral
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Posts: 3
Should I buy it?

Hi friends! I've had a motorcycle of one type or another since I was 14 but I still don't know what I should about them. I Just sold my 02 ZRX1200R so I can buy a KLR. I'm Looking at an 04 with 1400 miles on it. What should I look for besides cosmetics to be sure this guy took care of it? He's asking $3000. That seems pretty good. Is it? Thank you for your help!
ScottyBoy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 03:42 PM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,566
Garage
ScottyBoy -

Welcome to the forum; you've come to a good place to get the lowdown.

Let me address only the price.

"It depends". $3000 for a completely stock 7 year old bike is pretty high, even if it only has 1400 miles on it. I'd say it is at the dear end of the scale. The problem with low miles is that all things mechanical benefit from regular use. I'd have to assume that the bike has sat for the past 6 years with 1400 miles on it, so the gas is bad, the battery is dead, the tires have dry rot, yadda yadda. All that will cost time and/or money to bring right.

On the other hand, $3000 for a low mileage bike that has a full complement of accessories (bags, rack, doohickey done, engine guards, aftermarket seat, skid plate, etc) might be a steal.

We will need to know more about the condition of the bike and what's been added to it before we can help much with your decision.

T

Tom [email protected]

“She went out slowly. The way she did it hadn’t been learned at business college.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte


Sting like a butterfly.
Tom Schmitz is online now  
post #3 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
Neutral
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Posts: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Schmitz View Post
ScottyBoy -

Welcome to the forum; you've come to a good place to get the lowdown.

Let me address only the price.

"It depends". $3000 for a completely stock 7 year old bike is pretty high, even if it only has 1400 miles on it. I'd say it is at the dear end of the scale. The problem with low miles is that all things mechanical benefit from regular use. I'd have to assume that the bike has sat for the past 6 years with 1400 miles on it, so the gas is bad, the battery is dead, the tires have dry rot, yadda yadda. All that will cost time and/or money to bring right.

On the other hand, $3000 for a low mileage bike that has a full complement of accessories (bags, rack, doohickey done, engine guards, aftermarket seat, skid plate, etc) might be a steal.

We will need to know more about the condition of the bike and what's been added to it before we can help much with your decision.

T
OK. Thanks Tom! It's an hour away. I'm going to look at it tomorrow. I'll report my findings. Thanks again!
ScottyBoy is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 04:17 PM
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 257
If it were me, I'd take a higher mileage fully farkled (accessorized , upgraded suspension, upgraded brakes, jetted, luggage etc.) over a low mileage stocker. It's easy to throw about $3000 into one better to have the previous owner do that.
Human Ills is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 04:45 PM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 78
Snakeshack is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
Neutral
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Posts: 3
...and that was in only about 10 minutes of looking. IMO that not a great deal, but high/average.

I would find someone that got it as their first bike, used it only on the street, and was selling it because it scared them after the first ride!

Good luck![/quote]

Did you seriously just craigslist a bunch of KLR's for me?! You people are freaking awesome! Thank you! The 2001 is right here in my hometown. Going to go look at it today. A related question. Do the modifications on the 2008+ models make it worth looking at those? Seems a lot of you like the older ones. Thoughts?
ScottyBoy is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 05:23 PM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: huntington beach
Posts: 74
Scotty I bought a KLR because of this site.....good luck go get em.....
scout57 is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 05:53 PM
1st Gear
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 78
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScottyBoy View Post
...and that was in only about 10 minutes of looking. IMO that not a great deal, but high/average.

I would find someone that got it as their first bike, used it only on the street, and was selling it because it scared them after the first ride!

Good luck!
Did you seriously just craigslist a bunch of KLR's for me?! You people are freaking awesome! Thank you! The 2001 is right here in my hometown. Going to go look at it today. A related question. Do the modifications on the 2008+ models make it worth looking at those? Seems a lot of you like the older ones. Thoughts?[/QUOTE]

It's always good to find one in your area or to get a member to check one out for you...maybe even make a video...

It's all a matter or opinion and what you are using it for and what you are going to do to it:

The newer ones are a little heavier and the plastic is not as durable in a get off. (you can always get guards)
The 08-09 had some problems that are/were covered by the dealer.
The new ones have larger diameter forks, but they lose a little travel.
The rear swing arm is redesigned and stronger.
The engine has a little bit more torque and horsepower that is negated by the extra lbs..
The newer ones are IMO better on the road because of the forks and the added wind protection.
The newer ones have 2 head lights; one high and one low.
The older ones are preferred for off-road. (plastic dose better in get offs)
You can install an IMS tank much easier on the older ones.
The older ones look like a dirt bike and the new ones look like a Ninja traded some cloths with a older KLR. You can't push start a new one.

The bottom line is get one you like. Almost all of the differences can be improved and over come so get a good deal and enjoy making it your own.
Snakeshack is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 07:21 PM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
 
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,566
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Snakeshack View Post
...You can't push start a new one....
Whoosh! Huh? Whazzat?

Why not? I done did it a few times....

T

Tom [email protected]

“She went out slowly. The way she did it hadn’t been learned at business college.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte


Sting like a butterfly.

Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 05-02-2011 at 08:13 PM.
Tom Schmitz is online now  
post #10 of 13 Old 05-02-2011, 08:25 PM
4th Gear
 
Savage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Kansas
Posts: 1,205
Garage
I'll repeat what others told me prior to me buying mine. More road = Gen2 More dirt = Gen1.

You can push start a Gen2.
Savage is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome